3/9/2008--In the opening scenes of the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry looks out on the lush insides of a tent seemingly small from the outside, and says, “I love magic.” Harry says this even though he has seen the dark side of magic and has been threatened by it. At its best, though, magic is just so wonderful that Harry is overcome.
I had a similar reaction reading Joel Belz’ opinion piece—“End of an Illusion”-- in the March 1 issue of World Magazine. Belz is well-known conservative Christian leader and is the founder of the magazine. His point was the end of the illusion that evangelical Christians have a lot of political power: “The problem with playing power politics is that you always run the risk of discovering--in public—that you really have no power.” Concerning our pretentions, Belz adds, “God laugh[s]”.
This is why I love Christians. Who on the secular left or right would say, “we have been presumptuous”? And if anyone were to say that, would that person be including himself, as Belz is? I know I don’t write that way. I don't think that way.